Archinect - News 2016-09-24T18:49:15-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149961519/kids-play-with-virtual-skyscrapers-in-new-app Kids play with virtual skyscrapers in new app Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T19:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:19:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93uxays5kg3342oc.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Spark a blackout, fix a pipe, or clog the toilets. Test your building&rsquo;s engineering when dinosaurs invade, lightning strikes, or the earth quakes. Find out what keeps skyscrapers standing tall and people happy in them all." So says the description of the newly launched <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1115415865?mt=8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skyscrapers by Tinybop</a>, a game app for kids that allows users to essentially play in and around skyscrapers, like an urban-planning minded King Kong. Players can construct their own towers and then wreck havoc (or try to maintain order) with their creations. Here are a few screenshots of the game in action:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ly/lyi4nf924dmyxupz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmzjv72xvj2luwt7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5k/5k6i2gt1ij172eff.jpg"></p><p>For more on games (it's Archinect's editorial theme this month):</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935027/console-narratives-how-games-incorporate-architectural-storytelling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Console narratives: how games incorporate architectural storytelling</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134499490/this-studio-illustrates-minecraft-s-architectural-capabilities-to-create-imaginary-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This studio illustrates Minecraft's architectural capabilities to create imaginary worlds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960918/gaming-the-neighborhood-one-to-one-32-with-jose-sanchez-co-creator-of-block-hood-computer-game" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaming the neighborhood: One-to-One #32 with Jose Sanchez, co-creator of Block'hood computer game</a></li></ul><p>And here's a video:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956282/how-does-an-architect-reflect-the-life-of-a-city-in-an-abstract-skyscraper How does an architect reflect the life of a city in an abstract skyscraper? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-06T12:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T13:54:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2l/2l0xc2xkz83h5pbg.jpg" width="514" height="264" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122583531/b-ro-ole-scheeren-reveals-design-of-new-guardian-art-center-hybrid-auction-house-in-beijing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ole Scheeren</a> wanted to meet his client's request for a skyscraper that would stand out in the already hyperbolic architecture of Bangkok primarily by designing something that wasn't trying so hard. Instead of going for a wild, crazy shape, Scheeren started by vertically extruding an abstract square.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ak/ak0etbhbznxj4aj6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1a/1a1rq035q6g9r72e.jpg"></p><p>However, as he notes in this <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/architecture/2016/06/30/bangkok-skyline-architecture-style-cnn-orig.cnn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNN</a> video, "Of course, this move exactly exemplifies the problem of the skyscraper. It is an abstract silhouette in a skyline that has no relationship to the city, and does not speak at all of the people that actually live in it or inhabit it. So I wanted to open up the new shaft of the tower and reveal the grain of its inhabitation. Through the usage of it, the people that will live in these three dimensional units will start to define the image of the building. The building will project the life of the people back to the city that gave it."</p><p>Watch the full video <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/architecture/2016/06/30/bangkok-skyline-architecture-style-cnn-orig.cnn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on CNN</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954910/another-speedy-pyonghattan-skyscraper-project-is-underway Another speedy “Pyonghattan” skyscraper project is underway Justine Testado 2016-06-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T14:55:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a448z8dgd4ugvfvm.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hoping to show the world his country is doing just fine despite sanctions and outside pressure over its nuclear weapons program, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has put his soldier-builders to work on yet another major [skyscraper] project Pyongyang&rsquo;s new Pyonghattan, officially called &ldquo;Ryomyong Street,&rdquo; is to have the country&rsquo;s tallest apartment building, at 70 stories, along with a 50-story building and a handful of smaller ones in the 30-40 story range.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;[Kim's] soldier-builders are now putting up the frames for each new floor at the reportedly breakneck-pace of 14 hours to get it all done by the end of the year.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143668960/pyongyang-speed-north-korea-miraculously-cranks-out-massive-residential-development-for-scientists-in-only-one-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136651392/pyonghattan-water-parks-north-korea-s-new-architectural-ambitions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140342648/pyongyang-s-inner-wes-anderson-shines-through-in-its-architecture-then-and-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953925/ctbuh-announces-the-2016-tall-building-awardees CTBUH announces the 2016 Tall Building Awardees Justine Testado 2016-06-24T17:47:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:41:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ep1yceg5606dg3b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Visually changing skylines aside, new sky-high structures get a shot at prestigious recognition in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's Tall Building Awards. The yearly awards highlight noteworthy tall-building projects worldwide and the impact they have on inhabitants and their urban surroundings, as well as innovative design and construction methods that push the industry forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A little sneak peek:</p><p>Best Tall Building - Middle East &amp; Africa: The Cube, Beirut</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nm/nmdach14rjwho4fr.jpg"></p><p>10 Year Award: Hearst Tower, New York</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/50/50568lzyhmq1fli1.jpg"></p><p>Urban Habitat Award: Wuhan Tiandi, Wuhan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z9/z95tqswgjf76im03.jpg"></p><p>See the rest of the winners plus the Best Tall Building regional finalists over&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/4977/ctbuh-reveals-2016-tall-building-award-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130199884/a-glimpse-at-the-2015-ctbuh-best-tall-buildings-regional-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A glimpse at the 2015 CTBUH Best Tall Buildings regional winners</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113124951/ateliers-jean-nouvel-s-one-central-park-wins-ctbuh-best-tall-building-worldwide-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ateliers Jean Nouvel&rsquo;s One Central Park wins CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide 2014</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-18T12:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dpwbtgq6f73c38ci.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of the material, called cross-laminated timber, or CLT, say it can be used to erect buildings that are just as strong and fire-resistant as those made from steel and concrete. Those qualities have helped excite the passions of architects and environmentalists, who think it could unlock a greener method for housing the world&rsquo;s growing population, and timber producers, who hope to open a U.S. market for the value-added good.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Right now the structures are mainly proposals, but CLT could be the principal element of a 100-story tower nicknamed "The Splinter" in London as designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141304606/with-city-s-approval-london-the-stump-pinnacle-celebrates-resurrection-as-22-bishopsgate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLP Architecture</a>, while there's an ornamental 40-story timber tower in Stockholm on the boards, as designed by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145578340/will-tall-towers-and-sky-walks-populate-the-stockholm-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anders Berensson Architects</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f8/f8s4rbjqa58h7n3b.jpg"></p><p>These aren't your grandfather's skyscrapers:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135648126/a-bamboo-skyscraper-fosters-public-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149580668/a-closer-look-at-big-s-west-57th-street-courtscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at BIG's West 57th Street "courtscraper"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937488/here-comes-the-dronescraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149939336/when-innovation-runs-shallow-what-s-the-commotion-with-evolo-winner-new-york-horizon When innovation runs shallow: What's the commotion with eVolo winner New York Horizon? Justine Testado 2016-04-08T20:46:00-04:00 >2016-04-11T12:53:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2bqo9lv5f7uxzr6w.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;New York Horizon&rdquo; would be virtually impossible to implement in the real world, given the actual urban landscape of the proposed site, which includes some of NYC's subway lines for starters. That being said, the criticism &ldquo;New York Horizon&rdquo; has sparked in recent weeks raises bigger questions &mdash; particularly involving the rise of &ldquo;meme-tecture&rdquo;, the cultural value of landscape architecture, and re-evaluating the setup of open ideas competitions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936525/2016-evolo-skyscraper-competition-winners-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners revealed</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124136584/2015-evolo-skyscraper-competition-winners-imagine-the-potential-of-vertical-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners imagine the potential of vertical architecture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96120397/2014-evolo-skyscraper-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winners</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936525/2016-evolo-skyscraper-competition-winners-revealed 2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners revealed Justine Testado 2016-03-25T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T09:27:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pm3y55ec24s85rk6.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designers worldwide get to explore their own interpretations of what a skyscraper is in the annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The sky is indeed the limit for the competition, which gives participants complete freedom with their skyscraper designs. At the same time, entrants are challenged to re-examine the skyscraper's definition, purpose, and the potential for vertical living in the 21st century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the prize winners.</p><p>1st Place: "New York Horizon" by Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu | United States</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kk/kkpy8q6bxcrkqaxg.jpg"></p><p>2nd place:&nbsp;"The Hive" by Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, Yifeng Zhao, and Chengda Zhu | United States</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rs/rs802fvynvuqc4mw.jpg"></p><p>3rd place:&nbsp;"Data Tower" by Valeria Mercuri and Marco Merletti | Italy</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bq/bq4ehuxr0jyjvmft.jpg"></p><p>Head over to&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/4779/evolo-2016-skyscraper-competition-winners-reimagine-vertical-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;to find out more about the 2016 winners.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145656227/as-432-park-ave-reaches-completion-the-number-of-supertall-skyscrapers-in-the-world-is-now-100 As 432 Park Ave reaches completion, the number of supertall skyscrapers in the world is now 100 Alexander Walter 2016-01-13T15:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T22:21:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gl/gljcjf2xlrk1rueb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are now officially 100 supertall (300-plus-meter) skyscrapers in the world following the completion of 432 Park Avenue in New York City. The construction of supertall buildings has increased at an astounding rate in recent years, an indicator of the tremendous growth within the global tall building industry. Whereas the first 50 supertalls took 80 years to complete &ndash; between 1930 and 2010 &ndash; the total number of supertalls has doubled from 50 to 100 in just five years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"With supertall skyscrapers becoming increasingly common, many look to the megatall (600-plus-meter) distinction as the new frontier for the world&rsquo;s tallest buildings."</em>&nbsp;Buckle up, everyone.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club &ndash; after 41 years!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143383899/mark-foster-gage-wants-to-propose-this-game-of-thrones-like-skyscraper-for-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Foster Gage wants to propose this Game of Thrones-like skyscraper for NYC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128473885/a-trashcan-inspired-the-design-of-rafael-vi-oly-s-432-park-avenue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Trashcan Inspired the Design of Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143383899/mark-foster-gage-wants-to-propose-this-game-of-thrones-like-skyscraper-for-nyc Mark Foster Gage wants to propose this Game of Thrones-like skyscraper for NYC Justine Testado 2015-12-15T14:06:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:27:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xn/xn920jv61k070pxe.jpg" width="514" height="478" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No, these images aren't for an upcoming Lego kit design or a fantasy-genre video game, although they might as well be. They're&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mfga.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Foster Gage</a>'s concept for a 102-story ornamental skyscraper nicknamed <a href="http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Khaleesi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Khaleesi"</a>, proposed for&nbsp;41 West 57th Street in NYC's Billionaire's Row.</p><p>Interestingly enough, the luxury residential tower has garnered enthusiasm that's as amusing as its Gargoyle statue-like exterior, which has been described as&nbsp;"regal", "visionary", and "futuristic". According to a press release from the architect, Robert A.M. Stern commented with a "WOW" in a recent email to Gage. (Interpret that as you wish.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i2/i2q5rfb8zy5jzzgp.jpg"></p><p>An undisclosed developer commissioned Gage to design the tower to envision the possibilities of ultra-luxury designs for the site.&nbsp;Built with a concrete frame, the 1,492-foot structure is "draped in a&nbsp;fa&ccedil;ade of limestone-tinted Taktl concrete panels with hydroformed sheet-bronze details and brass-tinted alloy&nbsp;structural extrusion enclosures," Gage writes on his website. T...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141299783/scroll-through-the-new-new-york-skyline-with-this-interactive-infographic Scroll through the "new New York Skyline" with this interactive infographic Justine Testado 2015-11-17T19:20:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/3372nbsmapormkua.jpg" width="514" height="261" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Evidently, the Big Apple is packed with big buildings, and several more are on the way. National Geographic created a spiffy interactive infographic called "The New New York Skyline" that envisions which towers are sprouting up along the Manhattan skyline in the next few years. Scroll sideways and hover your cursor over the color-coded towers to read some factoids about these newcomers. You can also switch from "Skyline View" to 3-D view for spots like the One World Trade Center Complex, Hudson Yards, and "Billionaires' Row" at 57th Street Corridor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q9/q9yh4n4dt0n3e0pz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/98/98ym6l5molofwz7m.jpg"><br><em>Screenshots via National Geographic.</em></p><p>Check out the graphic <a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/new-york-city-skyline-tallest-midtown-manhattan/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More infographics on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Infographic: the cheapest and most expensive countries to live in" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118733125/infographic-the-cheapest-and-most-expensive-countries-to-live-in" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infographic: the cheapest and most expensive countries to live in</a></p><p><a title="Budget Busters: ranking the world's most overbudget monuments" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111501222/budget-busters-ranking-the-world-s-most-overbudget-monuments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Budget Busters: ranking the world's most overbudget monuments</a></p><p><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110407197/where-are-the-women-measuring-progress-on-gender-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a></p><p><a title="35 of the world's palaces gathered into one quaint, interactive infographic" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102785435/35-of-the-world-s-palaces-gathered-into-one-quaint-interactive-infographic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">35 of the world's palaces gathered into one quaint, interactive infographic</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140801155/starchitects-discuss-future-of-skyscrapers-at-ctbuh-conference-in-nyc Starchitects Discuss Future of Skyscrapers at CTBUH Conference in NYC bennessb 2015-11-10T12:17:00-05:00 >2015-11-10T12:17:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0yxfda8l6nkjoe2a.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Held at the Grand Hyatt from October 26 to 30, the conference theme was The Resurgence of the Skyscraper City. A series of case studies presented by leading visionaries in the industry showcased building technologies, new landmark developments around the world, and where the capital to finance these developments is coming from.</p></em><br /><br /><p>At a CTBUH conference held in New York City last month, well known architects including Daniel Libeskind, Bjarke Ingels, Moshe Safdie, Adrian Smith and Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly joined planners and developers to discuss the future of skyscraper design and construction around the world.&nbsp;</p><p>Many of their contributions focused on the role of the architect in preserving public spaces while meeting the real need for density and affordable development within cities.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135588601/the-evolo-2016-skyscraper-competition-is-accepting-entries-now-until-january-register-early The eVolo 2016 Skyscraper Competition is accepting entries now until January. Register early! Justine Testado 2015-08-31T18:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T20:12:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bsafyagx038us12.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Floating in mid-air, inspired by traditional designs, or built out of carbon dioxide, the sky is indeed the limit in the annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Since eVolo first launched the contest in 2006, there's no question that the 2016 edition will be just as competitive.</p><p>Every year, participants worldwide are invited to&nbsp;reinvent the skyscraper: examining its definition, historical context, purpose, and exploring the potential for vertical living in the 21st century.&nbsp;The fun part is that entrants are given complete freedom in designing their skyscrapers.</p><p>Get a headstart on those submissions!&nbsp;You can sign up for<strong> early registration</strong> now until November 17, 2015 for $95. Then from November 18 until January 19, the registration fee will hike up to $135.</p><p>The final registration deadline is <strong>January 19, 2016</strong>. Submissions are due on <strong>January 26, 2016</strong> at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time.</p><p>This year's jury features: Matias del Campo, Thom Faulders, Greg Lynn, Marcelo Spina, and Skylar Tibbits.</p><p>Here's a t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130867323/paris-approves-its-first-skyscraper-of-the-21st-century Paris approves its first skyscraper of the 21st century Julia Ingalls 2015-07-01T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T20:54:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y98bw1jp2kq9a7n3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Paris] has not built a modern skyscraper since the 1970s, when the 231-metre tall Tour Montparnasse sprung up &ndash; much to the horror of the locals, many of whom still consider it an eyesore.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a narrow vote, the city of lights approved <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/577/herzog-de-meuron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>'s Tour Triangle, a 42-story skyscraper that will be the tallest building to be built in Paris since the 1970s. In 2010, the city voted to remove its multi-decade-long height restrictions of 36 meters on new buildings, which were put in place after the erection of the widely&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128868345/top-architects-defend-some-of-the-most-hated-buildings-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpopular Tour Montparnasse</a>. With a proposed height of&nbsp;180 meters, Tour Triangle is Paris' first official skyscraper&nbsp;of&nbsp;the 21st century, although it required two voting sessions to win approval. In November of 2014, the city council voted down the plan, but&nbsp;mayor Anne Hidalgo&nbsp;called for another vote, dismissing the first round due to what she believed was political inter-party fighting.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2faulhhneekpptym.jpg"></p><p>The Tour Triangle will supply 70,000 square feet of office space, a four star hotel with 120 rooms, and what has been described as a "Shard-esque Sky Bar." These amenities do not seem wildly out of place for a metropolitan area with a population of 12 million, despi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123135161/nbbj-proposes-strategy-for-creating-skyscrapers-that-don-t-cast-shadows NBBJ proposes strategy for creating skyscrapers that don't cast shadows Archinect 2015-03-17T17:43:00-04:00 >2015-03-18T18:48:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmjxu10rnhm6x5co.jpg" width="514" height="568" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They used computer modeling to design a pair of buildings, one of which works like a gigantic, curved mirror. The glass surface of the northernmost building reflects light down into the shadow cast by its&nbsp;southern partner. And the carefully defined curve of that glass allows the reflected light to follow the shadow throughout the day.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/yc/ycdcq4hut00by8uk.gif"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121976344/vienna-plan-world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper Vienna plan world's tallest wooden skyscraper Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T16:20:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:25:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9l425ipnim1uh7g0.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A wooden skyscraper that Austrian architects say will be the tallest of its kind in the world is to be built in Vienna next year. The 84-metre (276ft) HoHo project in the Seestadt Aspern area, one of Europe&rsquo;s largest urban development sites, will house a hotel, apartments, restaurant, wellness centre and offices, and is expected to cost about &euro;60m (&pound;44m).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by&nbsp;R&uuml;diger Lainer and Partner, the skyscraper would consist of 76% wood. The material choice, according to project developer&nbsp;Caroline Palfy of Kerbler, is largely ecological. While wood requires hewing down trees, its net environmental impact is far lower than concrete: construction would produce&nbsp;2,800 tonnes less of CO2<strong>&nbsp;</strong>emissions than an equivalent-sized concrete structure.</p><p>Of course, there's a reason why our cities don't tend to be populated by wooden towers. And the Viennese fire service has already expressed concern over the designs. But, with measures including "a more fail-safe sprinkler system," the building will likely pass muster.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lp/lpdo0hjaqs4nnvkz.jpg"></p><p>For others, criticism of the proposed skyscraper center around its height. Politicians and other civically-engaged Austrians have expressed concern that the tower will not fit into the historic city's skyline.</p><p>More generally, there's been a good deal of interest in the use of wood in skyscraper design in the last few years. For related conte...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119424546/these-stalaclights-are-a-witty-tribute-to-the-forever-growing-skyscraper These "Stalaclights" are a witty tribute to the forever-growing skyscraper Justine Testado 2015-01-28T14:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-04T11:51:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1v/1vldirztr7536ji6.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dutch designer <a href="http://www.davidgraas.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Graas</a> playfully reimagines the natural forms of cave stalactites and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perpetually increasing</a> height -- and number -- of skyscrapers in a collection of 3D-printed bulb shades called Stalaclights.</p><p>The Stalaclights are characteristic of Graas' eccentric yet sophisticated approach in his product designs: "Nowadays every major city is dominated by high rise buildings. Their height steadily increasing in time...If you would imagine these cities turned upside down it would look just like stalactites growing from the ceiling of a limestone cave." The shades were also inspired by Art Deco-era styles, when the first skyscrapers forever changed the cityscapes of major metropolises like New York and Chicago.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yf/yfq68xm212bxbe1j.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcr1cjdhtr3vp1lo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t6/t6ulc2ppz5w42jfu.jpg"></p><p>The Stalaclights are available online for about $210 each (&euro;185.00) on Graas' 3D-printing label <a href="http://www.layersindesign.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAYERS</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117887760/how-downtown-la-s-skyline-evolved-over-the-last-half-century How Downtown LA's skyline evolved over the last half century Alexander Walter 2015-01-08T14:08:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:26:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72b1e15d9e7572164ae15fe02cada079.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, L.A.'s skyscrapers have had a decidedly boxy style because of requirements that they have emergency helicopter landing pads on top. That code was changed last year, and some architecture buffs hope to see more creative designs in the future. The Times long has taken the measure of the Los Angeles skyline, as seen from the observation deck of City Hall. Here's how it has evolved</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117831575/the-daring-men-building-la-s-new-wilshire-grand-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The daring men building LA's New Wilshire Grand tower</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115104940/1-wtc-tops-the-list-of-most-expensive-skyscrapers 1 WTC tops the list of most expensive skyscrapers Archinect 2014-12-03T11:05:00-05:00 >2015-06-05T17:52:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xa/xa9z8bdegneg8sol.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One World Trade Center is by far the world's most expensive building, coming in at $3.9B, nearly double the second-most expensive buildings, Vegas' Palazzo casino and London's The Shard, which both cost $1.9B to build. Perhaps even more surprising, Dubai's dizzying Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest building, comes in at number five</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts Alexander Walter 2014-12-01T14:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:07:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f57c1101c5d7626f016fd8b6b9ee6a8.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Shanghai Tower opens as China&rsquo;s tallest building next year, the 2,073-foot (632 m) tower will feature elevators capable of traveling 40.3 miles (64.8 km) per hour, or 59 feet (18 m) per second, a new milestone. [...] The question facing the industry today: how fast can elevators go without sacrificing comfort? [...] At 66 feet (20 m) per second, even the slightest vibration will create a shock for passengers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110114834/la-drops-helipad-requirement-for-tall-buildings-enter-la-skyline-2-0 LA drops helipad requirement for tall buildings; enter LA skyline 2.0 Archinect 2014-09-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T13:35:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezlmwktd0f9h494z.jpg" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a move that could dramatically change Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, city leaders announced Monday that helicopter landing facilities will no longer be required atop new buildings. The fire code requirement has been criticized for contributing to the &ldquo;flat-topped&rdquo; look of Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, particularly in downtown. Los Angeles was the only major U.S. city with such a rule, which has been in place since at least the 1970s.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105803115/the-tall-dc-new-monumentalism-exhibit-questions-washington-d-c-s-building-height-restrictions The TALL DC: New Monumentalism exhibit questions Washington D.C.‘s building height restrictions Justine Testado 2014-08-04T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T19:27:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y925l12zs8l7smr0.jpg" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The recent "TALL DC: New Monumentalism" exhibition took a critical approach to how outdated urban building standards -- specifically in D.C. -- can affect the built environment and the field of architecture, even as social demands and technology progress. Graduate students of Emerging Technologies and Media at The Catholic University of America proposed three skyscrapers among D.C.'s historical monuments to further encourage the questioning of this notion and the definition of "a monument".</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ic/icv1idr2u2l16gs4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tj/tjdfo3f9mcp8wmck.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8r6t4i6dae1df1d.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g4/g45kxlelwxu167n1.jpg"></p><p>More photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_talldc_new_monumentalism_exhibit_questions_washington_dcs_building_heig/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105421785/sure-architecture-s-winning-endless-city-skyscraper-proposal-for-the-streets-of-london SURE Architecture’s winning “Endless City” skyscraper proposal for the streets of London Justine Testado 2014-07-30T20:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T18:50:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t9/t9yjcpjdwp2p5qmv.jpg" width="514" height="578" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SURE Architecture's "The Endless City in Height" skyscraper is all about going with the flow while making a bold statement. Proposed for the SkyScraper &amp; SuperSkyscraper Competition, the entry recently won first place in the international competition. Designed to integrate itself with the surrounding streets in London, pedestrians discover the skyscraper's vertical city inside while walking up and down the "endless" interweaving ramps that wrap around the tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1w3zq4wodvs6n9jd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lv/lvzmogeovswdju57.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/sure_architectures_winning_endless_city_skyscraper_proposal_for_the_streets/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105028088/a-gasp-inducing-plan-for-s-f-skyline-from-the-ground-up A gasp-inducing plan for S.F. skyline, from the ground up Archinect 2014-07-25T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-07T11:50:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4p/4p2hlbnqipu3go0j.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new pair of towers proposed for downtown San Francisco would include the city's second-tallest building - and perhaps its most startling public space, an open-air plaza set beneath the main tower's elevated first floor. The project straddles the northwest corner of First and Mission streets, with a 605-foot tower on Mission and a broad 910-foot high-rise on First. By comparison, the Salesforce Tower under construction on the southeast corner will top off at 1,070 feet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97496121/evolo-skyscrapers-2-now-available-for-pre-order eVolo Skyscrapers 2 now available for pre-order Justine Testado 2014-04-07T17:17:00-04:00 >2016-03-10T17:32:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xivwe2qf8oyji22u.jpg" width="514" height="622" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Need inspiration to prepare for next year's <a href="http://www.evolo.us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eVOLO</a> Skyscraper Competition? eVOLO's latest publication,<em> EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 2 </em>is <a href="http://shop.evolo.us/product/evolo-skyscrapers-2-limited-edition-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">now available for pre-order</a> throughout April! Only 1,000 copies worldwide are in stock.</p><p>As the follow-up to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/33335726/evolo-skyscrapers-limited-edition-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the acclaimed first edition,</a> the hardcover, 628-page book showcases 150 of the best skyscraper submissions to the popular eVOLO Skyscraper Competition from the past few years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gt/gt3durknyasn8gab.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apg5rv5ik2ycp2qg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8p/8pr1hfv86gz56d8p.jpg"></p><p>These reimagined super-tall structures explore technological advances, sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural solutions to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the world's contemporary cities.</p><p><strong>Click <a href="http://shop.evolo.us/product/evolo-skyscrapers-2-limited-edition-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to order.</strong> Orders will ship out in May.</p><p>For more eVOLO on Archinect, click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/71983/evolo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96415206/work-to-start-next-month-on-1km-kingdom-tower-in-jeddah-saudi-arabia Work to start next month on 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Archinect 2014-03-24T16:00:00-04:00 >2016-03-17T13:21:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/4287daa1b5685e475dca387e67fa7d96.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once complete the tower will be the world&rsquo;s tallest, beating current record holder the 828m-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Client Jeddah Economic Company has not yet confirmed the exact height of the tower, but has indicated it will be over 1km tall. In December, contractor Saudi Bauer completed piling work for the tower, including sinking 270 piles up to a depth of 110m.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93964055/too-late-community-mobilizes-to-save-central-park-from-skyscraper-shadows Too Late, Community Mobilizes to Save Central Park from Skyscraper Shadows Archinect 2014-02-20T15:00:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:35:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90bcb48c10b85ddedfa001abb55edb40.jpg" width="300" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last night, nearly 500 New Yorkers gathered at the New York Public Library&rsquo;s main branch for a forum on the wave of skyscrapers that are rising along the Southern edge of Central Park. Skyscrapers that will, depending on whom you ask, either transform Central Park into a gloomy airshaft or create shadows as fleeting and insubstantial as a cloud moving across the sun. Concerns were raised, grievances aired and oligarchs denigrated.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93886900/ice-falling-from-skyscrapers-creates-issues-in-new-york Ice falling from skyscrapers creates issues in New York Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:27:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aa4e0a36873e76318d0d34fef2ac236.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Several blocks around the World Trade Center and the Battery Park Underpass were shut down Wednesday due to reports of ice falling from the tower. [...] Dangerous blocks of ice have been cascading down from 1 World Trade Center intermittently for the past two weeks, leading to several road closures and panic among pedestrians.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91683852/flammable-towers-make-a-fiery-statement-on-the-modern-skyscraper-frenzy "Flammable" towers make a fiery statement on the modern skyscraper frenzy Justine Testado 2014-01-20T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T09:43:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9inmjn5uozlu2avn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architects always have the future in mind when they design. That's particularly evident in today's cityscapes as they continuously try to one-up each other in who can raise the world's next tallest, more-modern-than-thou skyscraper for all to gaze in awe -- or not. For <a href="http://naihanli.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jingjing Naihan Li</a>, a long-time resident and practicing architect in Beijing, modern skyscrapers can be invasive and gradually make the city's public spaces feel less familiar.<br><br> As a clever response to the skyscraper frenzy she saw at home and abroad, Naihan created a collection of the most recognizable towers scaled down to meticulously replicated wax candles titled "Flammable."<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewzftesqdvcmbbwd.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Together, it looks like a party of all the alpha males of the world," Naihan responded in an email. "In places like New York or Hong Kong where land is limited, it was somewhat justifiable to build high and dense. But as the cities with the skyscraper were viewed by other developed countries as the representative of modern success, the sk...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89521499/seeing-a-need-for-oversight-of-new-york-s-lordly-towers Seeing a Need for Oversight of New York’s Lordly Towers Archinect 2013-12-23T12:58:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T19:02:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bb62de2af4b3fbf63c95722ca6a2a5c4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A forthcoming report from the Municipal Art Society, called &ldquo;The Accidental Skyline,&rdquo; bemoans what&rsquo;s happening on 57th Street, absent New Yorkers&rsquo; input. It suggests any new tower casting a shadow over Central Park should require the approval of the City Planning Commission. That&rsquo;s a plausible trigger for public oversight, dependent on city commissioners with backbone who understand design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/89078429/berg-c-f-m-ller-dinelljohansson-propose-world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper-for-stockholm Berg | C.F. Møller & DinellJohansson propose world’s tallest wooden skyscraper for Stockholm Justine Testado 2013-12-17T18:58:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:39:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7z/7z3ulloqjfp1cnfp.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berg | C.F. M&oslash;ller and DinellJohansson recently won the competition to design a future residential landmark for Stockholm. Hosted by Swedish real estate group HSB, three competing teams were required to propose three innovative residential buildings for three central locations in the city. The winners will work with HSB to develop and build the residential complex by 2023, in time for HSB's 100th anniversary.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a glimpse of Berg | C.F. M&oslash;ller and DinellJohansson's proposals:<br><br><strong>Hagastaden:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x9/x9lu8x9nddqm8hpb.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><strong>V&auml;sterbroplan:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f07zq7mc4daw31zn.jpg" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Fleminggatan:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ak/akp1widxmysdpanp.jpg" title=""></p>